|Date:||Monday, April 2, 2001, 22:52|
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----- Original Message -----
From: "Andreas Johansson" <and_yo@...>
Sent: Monday, April 02, 2001 10:15 PM
Subject: Re: Uusisuom's influences
> Ray wrote:
> >At 2:59 pm -0400 1/4/01, Andreas Johansson wrote:
> > >Ray wrote:
> > >> >>Lithuanian = highly prized for its Indo - European roots. Many ofits
> > >>words
> > >> >>can be traced back to ancient India and the Sanskrit language.
> > >> >
> > >> >Traced back to IE, surely; but Sanskrit?
> > >>
> > >>Of course not. The vocab of Lithuanian can no more be traced back to
> > >>ancient India than can the vocab of English or Welsh. Lithuanian,
> > >>all the languages of Europe (Saami, Finnish, Estonian, Hungarian &
> > >>are AFAIK the only exceptions)
> > >
> > >We-ell, there's a whole lot of tiny Uralic langs - Ingrian, Votian,
> > >Udmurtian, Mari, Komi etc -
> >I know - but I hadn't realized these were all on the European side of the
> > >plus Kalmyk (Mongolian),
> >I know of Kalmyk, but I hadn't realized it had speakers in Europe. I
> >thought it was strictly Asian.
> Hm, the "Europe-Asia Border Problem"? I thought it was strictly European...
> Well, I usually consider the border to be Ural Mountains-UralRiver-Caspian
> Sea - Russian southern border-Black Sea. Kalmyk is, AFAIK, spoken in
> southern Russian, northwest of the Caspian Sea and thus in Europe.
> An encyclopaedia of mine hails it as the "only Mongolian language of
> > > a bunch of Turkic langs
> > >- Turkish, Tatar, Crimean Tatar,
> >Yes, I tend to think of Turkish as Asian as most of Turkey is in Asia
> >(indeed, the old 'Asia Minor'); I'd forgotten it had a European footholdin
> >Thrace and I'd forgotten there were still Turkic langs in the Crimea.
> Tatar and a few other Turkic langs are spoken in the Volga Basin.
> > >Kazakh, etc -
> >in Europe?
> Well, it's the official language of Kazakhstan, and according to theborder
> I set out above, the NV corner of Kazakhstan lies in Europe. If the local
> people of that corner speak Kazakh, I don't know.
> > >and Maltese.
> >Is Malta part of Europe or part of North Africa?
> Of Europe, or that's at least what I learnt in school.
> > >I'm probably forgetting something too.
> >Yes, I'm not sure where the Europe-Asian boundary is drawn across the
> >Caucasus; it is likely we should include Kartvelian (Georgian) in the
> >non-IE list of European langs.
> According to how I draw the border, Georgian is Asian, but isn't Ossetic
> (spoken in both Russia and Georgia) related to it? There's a whole lot of
> langs in the North Caucasus, and IIRC most aren't IE.
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